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‘Quit Judging Other Moms!’ — An Open Letter Goes Viral

Young mother from Ohio has had it with all the negative waves, and Facebook clearly has taken sides

Judging the parenting styles and choices of other moms is wrong — and so easy to do. We’ve all been there — both on the doing end and on the receiving end.

Now one mom from Warren, Ohio, has a message for all moms: Ladies, acceptance and encouragement need to occur in a judgment-free zone.

Ashle Potter has a simple message in her March 9 Facebook post that is rocking the internet: You’re doing great, Mom.

“Any mom who cares and does her best is a good mom. Thank you, Lord, for Moms,” wrote one commenter.

The expectant mother posted a photo of herself with her kids and a moving open letter to all moms — including stay-at-home moms, working moms, bottle-feeding moms and nursing moms — to let them know that she understands them and she thinks they’re doing a great job. Moms everywhere are relating to this big time. Her post so far has been shared over 83,000 times — and has been liked over 67,000 times.

One Facebook user commented, “Amen … geesh, let’s give each other a break!” while another posted, “Good reminders. Any mom who cares and does her best is a good mom. Thank you, Lord, for Moms.”

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Potter wrote, “To the mom who’s breastfeeding: Way to go! It really is an amazing gift to give your baby, for any amount of time that you can manage! You’re a good mom.”

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For bottle babies and their moms? “To the mom who’s formula feeding: Isn’t science amazing? To think there was a time when a baby with a mother who couldn’t produce enough would suffer, but now? Better living through chemistry! You’re a good mom.”

For moms who rock it old-school in swaddling those cute baby bottoms? Potter enthused, “To the cloth diapering mom: Fluffy bums are the cutest, and so friendly on the bank account,” Potter wrote. “You’re a good mom.”

And for those moms who love their Huggies? “To the disposable diapering mom: Wow, those things hold a lot, and it’s excellent to not worry about leakage and laundry! You’re a good mom.”

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And then there’s one of the thorniest issues — work and career choices: “To the mom who stays home: I can imagine it isn’t easy doing what you do, but to spend those precious years with your babies must be amazing,” Potter opined. “You’re a good mom.”

And for the mom in an office (who may have been crying all the way there)? “To the mom who works: It’s wonderful that you’re sticking to your career. You’re a positive role model for your children in so many ways, it’s fantastic,” Potter encouraged. “You’re a good mom.”

Potter ends her moving and affirmative open letter with a message every mom should embrace: “To the moms who judge other moms for ANY of the above? Glass houses, friend. Glass houses.”

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